Planting Hedges and Screens Santa Barbara CA

Most of us consider our yards and gardens an extension of our homes, and we look for sanctuary and privacy there. Plants can create living walls, which can be especially important in neighborhoods where homes are close together. Whether you can wait years for the screen to grow in place, or need a screen right away, you have many options in Santa Barbara.

Shaw Landscape, Inc., Debbie
(805) 687-1530
2835 Glendessary Lane
Santa Barbara, CA
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Residential Installation, Residential Irrigation, Commercial Installation, Commercial Maintenance, Commercial Irrigation, Public Works
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Lori Ann David Design Studios/Lansd
(805) 569-5009
1581 San Roque Road
Santa Barbara, CA
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Residential Installation, Residential Maintenance, Residential Irrigation, Commercial Installation, Commercial Maintenance, Commercial Irrigation, Public Works, Will Bond A Project, Pools, Spas, Lawns, Fencing, Lighting, Specialty Gardens, Water Effects, Patios, Concrete Work, Special Effects, Interiors, Design, Pest Control, Drainage, Other
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Johnson Landscaping, David
(805) 730-9145
1213 Del Oro Avenue
Santa Barbara, CA
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Residential Installation, Residential Maintenance, Residential Irrigation, Commercial Installation, Commercial Irrigation, Lawns, Lighting, Specialty Gardens, Patios, Special Effects, Design, Water Auditing
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Town & Country Watergardens
(805) 966-2461
1012 East Street
Santa Barbara, CA
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Residential Installation, Public Works, Specialty Gardens, Hydroseeding, Water Effects, Patios, Concrete Work, Special Effects, Design, Other, Water Auditing
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Foil Landscapes Inc., R.G.
(805) 965-3634
313 N. Quarantina Street
Santa Barbara, CA
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Residential Installation, Residential Maintenance, Residential Irrigation, Commercial Installation, Commercial Maintenance, Commercial Irrigation, Pools, Spas, Lawns, Lighting, Specialty Gardens, Water Effects, Patios
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Wilson Environmental Landscape Desi
(805) 957-4729
23 Hitchcock Way, #107
Santa Barbara, CA
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Residential Installation, Residential Maintenance, Residential Irrigation, Commercial Installation, Commercial Maintenance, Commercial Irrigation, Public Works, Will Bond A Project, Lighting, Specialty Gardens, Water Effects, Drainage, Other, Water Auditing
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San Marcos Growers
(805) 683-1561
Santa Barbara, CA
 
Deigaard Nurseries
(805) 967-1131
Santa Barbara, CA
 
South Coast Landscape
(805) 687-0492
4096 Cerrito Lane
Santa Barbara, CA
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IWL Inc.
(805) 966-2907
P.O. Box 4669
Santa Barbara, CA
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Residential Installation, Residential Irrigation, Commercial Installation, Commercial Irrigation, Public Works, Will Bond A Project, Lawns, Lighting, Tree Removal, Water Effects, Patios, Concrete Work, Drainage
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Planting Hedges and Screens

Most of us consider our yards and gardens an extension of our homes, and we look for sanctuary and privacy there.

Plants can create living walls, which can be especially important in neighborhoods where homes are close together. Whether you can wait years for the screen to grow in place, or need a screen right away, you have many options. For best results, follow these steps:

Tools and Materials

  • Books
  • Drawing materials

Assess your needs. Are you looking for living fence for year-round privacy, or just for seasonal screening? How much maintenance can you manage? Do you want a mixture of plants with multiseason interest (flowers, changing foliage, winter color, fruit), a formal clipped hedge, or potted plants for portable screening? What is your minimum height requirement? How much money can you invest in this project?

Assess the site. Evaluate the area in terms of dimensions, sun and shade exposure, soil type and drainage, and proximity to underground features such as gas and water lines. Talk to your neighbors to alert them about your intentions, and make sure the project works for them, too.

Choosing plants. Once you have information about the site, you can decide what kind of plants will thrive there and meet your needs. When your desire is for immediate results, only a fence or a substantial investment in mature plants and landscaping will do the trick.

Mixed plantings of evergreen and deciduous shrubs provide interest in many seasons.Deciduous plants provide more shade in summer but allow light to reach your yard in winter. Fruiting trees, bushes, and vines provide snacks for you and the birds and for your neighbors.Tall potted plants make a fast portable screen around a pool, patio, or deck. Clumping bamboo and ornamental grasses grow quickly and lend an exotic air.Annual vines grow quickly up a trellis. Perennial vines can climb an arbor or trellis, or soften a fence.

Tips

Excellent plants for traditional hedges include evergreens such as boxwood (Buxus), oleander (Nerium), yew (Taxus), arborvitae (Thuja), and hemlock (Tsuga). Deciduous hedge plants include Japanese barberry (Berberis), and privet (Ligustrum). Be sure to check the USDA Climate Hardiness Zone of each plant and compare it to the zone where you live.

Photography by Suzanne DeJohn/National Gardening Association.

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